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Verbs followed by prepositions Verbs + prepositions + nouns/pronouns (object) THEREFORE: ALL VERBS FOLLOWED BY PREPOSITIONS ARE TRANSITIVE VERBS
Preposition is always followed by object I’ll be waiting for you at the crossroads. * I’ll be waiting you for at the crossroads. (we can’t say that)
Verb and preposition separated by adverb He looked closely at the photograph. The photograph at which he was looking was very old. The photograph which he was looking at was very old. Who were you waiting for?
Verbs followed by different prepositions = different meaning Sarah was looking at the pictures on the walls. Somebody will have to look after the kids while we are out. (= take care of) David is looking for his keys. He is always losing them. (= search for) The police are looking into the bank robbery. (= investigate)
List of frequently used verbs followed by prepositions = examples Tom apologized for being late. Sarah applied for the job, but she didn’t get any answer yet. Let me pay for the lunch. Mark is a friend you can rely on.
List of frequently used verbs followed by prepositions agree with apologize for apply for ask for believe in care about
List of frequently used verbs followed by prepositions care for concentrate on consist of deal with decide on depend on
List of frequently used verbs followed by prepositions feel like laugh at listen to pay for rely on suffer from
Verbs followed by preposition ‘about’ David complained about the noise to the hotel manager. Sarah was thinking about finding another job. ask about, learn about complain about, talk about dream about, think about hear about, wonder about, know about
Verbs followed by preposition ‘of’ I wouldn’t dream of driving in this weather. (= regard something as impossible) When she was a teenager, Emily was dreaming about becoming a model. (= hope, imagine, have an ambition) dream of hear of think of
Verbs followed by preposition ‘to’ After Can several days, Tom apologized to Laura. I see you tomorrow? I have to talk to you. apologize to complain to talk to write to
No preposition after the following verbs Answer, approach, control, demand, enter, expect, leave, phone, reach, request answer the question enter the building reach the shore (= Serbian equivalents with preposition)
Verbs + object + preposition Tom accused his colleague of selling company secrets. The cameras have been installed to prevent drivers from speeding. She thanked her fellow students for helping her with her research.
List of verbs + object + preposition accuse smb of, add sth to, ask smb for, ask smb about, borrow sth from compare smb/sth with smb/sth, congratulate smb on, describe sth to smb divide sth into, explain sth to smb, inform smb about/of, invite smb to
List of verbs + object + preposition prefer smb/sth to, prevent smb from smb/sth, provide smb with sth rob smb/sth of, steal sth from smb, share sth with, spend sth on suspect smb of, tell smb about, thank smb for, translate sth into warn smb about/of sth, write sth to smb